At home at the Rhine and in America

Years of War

Castle Garden
New York, Castle Garden
Lorenz arrives in New York, with him is an Irish family who escapes famine.
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Riots, Dead Rabbits and Bowery Boys
"Who's country .."
Nativists hate so many immigrants coming to
the USA.
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Fort Sumter
North and South
Tensions grow between the North and the South; President Lincoln.
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Richmond
Secession War
Mercilessly the war rages. The Mountain Men
Vineyard is assaulted.
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Chambersburg
Defeated South
The South is military occupied and governed.
War profiteers come.
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Mountain Men Vineyard
Reconstruction
Emil and Lena come over
from Germany to help rebuilding the vineyard.
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Cemetary, Prussian-Austrian-War
Prussian-Austrian-War
The war between Prussia and Austria tears the German family apart.
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Cemetary in France
Prussian-French-War
France' s declaration of war unites the German states behind Bismarck.
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"Lorenz has sent us many of your articles, Harvey," Lena said, "I admire the way you write about your country and its people who are so individual and manifold, how you want to do justice to all of them,
and how you don't let anyone misuse you for his own purposes. You must not give up now.
And please, continue writing down the history of your town,
and write about a family that sticks together across an ocean, and over generations."

Civil War in the USA, Austro-Prussian and Prussian-French, Harvey

Harvey Bergmann, Niklas' son, is a political journalist. He takes great interest in the events in America and Europe, and he knows the dark side of politics very well. The years of war in the USA have affected also the Bergmann family deeply. But they stick together, across the Atlantic Ocean. Harvey's German relatives, Emil and Lena, help with reconstruction. And it is Lena who encourages him to continue his father's work. For Harvey, this is his gift tot he next generation.